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Matrix Software (株式会社マトリックス Kabushiki-gaisha Matorikkusu?) is a Japanese video game development company located in Tokyo. Founded in July 1994 by former members of Climax Entertainment and Telenet Japan, the company has since created games for a number of systems beginning with their role-playing title Alundra in April 1997. Matrix has teamed with other developers such as Square Enix and Chunsoft to produce games for existing franchises such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, as well as other anime and manga properties. In addition to game console development, Matrix Software has also made games for various Japanese mobile phone brands since 2001.

Company history

Matrix Software was founded in July 1994 by Oohori Kousuke and three friends who had each been involved in the video games industry for many years beforehand.[1] Kousuke, a veteran of the game development since high school, joined with former members of Climax Entertainment and Telenet Japan to create a company that he felt would "bring people serious game content".[2] Nearly three years after their establishment, the company released their first game, Alundra for the PlayStation game console in April 1997, which would prove popular enough to receive a sequel two years later.[3] In September 1999, Matrix obtained their first business partner in Chunsoft, with whom they collaborated to create a spin-off to their popular Dragon Quest series, Torneko: The Last Hope.[4] Since then, the company would join with other companies to create games for other entertainment franchises such as Yoshihiro Togashi's YuYu Hakusho, Eiichiro Oda's One Piece, and Square Enix's Final Fantasy.[5]

Games developed

Title Date Co-developer(s) Platform(s) Region(s)
Alundra 11 April 1997 - PlayStation JP, NA, EU
Nectaris: Military Madness 26 February 1998 Hudson Soft PlayStation JP
Tamago de Puzzle 20 May 1999 - PlayStation JP
Torneko: The Last Hope 15 September 1999 Chunsoft PlayStation JP, NA
Alundra 2 18 November 1999 Contrail PlayStation JP, NA
Dual Hearts 2 February 2002 - PlayStation 2 JP, NA
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 3 31 October 2002 Chunsoft PlayStation 2 JP
Dragon Quest V 25 March, 2004 ArtePiazza PlayStation 2 JP
YūYū Hakusho Forever 19 May 2005 Dimps PlayStation 2 JP
Futari wa Precure Max Heart: Danzen! DS 1 December 2005 - Nintendo DS JP
Final Fantasy III 24 August 2006 Square Enix Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU
Crayon Shin-Chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King 2 December 2006 - Wii JP
One Piece Gear Spirit 30 August 2007 - Nintendo DS JP
Cluster Edge 14 September 2007 - PlayStation 2 JP
Final Fantasy IV 20 December 2007 Square Enix Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 18 February 2008 Square Enix Mobile phones, WiiWare JP, NA, EU
Avalon Code 1 November 2008 Marvelous Nintendo DS JP, NA
Nostalgia 6 November 2008 Red Entertainment Nintendo DS JP, NA
Tales of VS.[6] 6 August 2009 Namco Tales Studio PlayStation Portable JP
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[7] 2009 Square Enix Nintendo DS JP, NA, EU

See also

References

  1. Matrix Software - Company History (Japanese). Matrix Software (2008). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
  2. Matrix Software - Company Profile - President (Japanese). Matrix Software (2008). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
  3. Matrix Software - Products - Alundra 2 (Japanese). Matrix Software (2008). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
  4. Matrix Software - Products - Torneko no Daibouken 2 (Japanese). Matrix Software (2008). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
  5. Matrix Software - Products (Japanese). Matrix Software (2008). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
  6. 株式会社マトリックス/製品/PSP/TALES OF VS. Matrix Software. Retrieved on 13 August 2009.
  7. http://www.square-enix.co.jp/hikarino4sensi/

External links


Tales series
Tales of... - Phantasia - Destiny - Eternia - Destiny 2 - Symphonia - Rebirth - Legendia
the Abyss - Innocence - Vesperia - Hearts - Graces - Xillia (2)
Spinoffs and related games
Tales of... - Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon - Fandom - the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 - the World: Summoner's Lineage
Tactics - the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 - the Tempest - Eternia Online
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